The Florida Military Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, has decided to open a Ebola treatment center for veterans in the United States.
The facility is located on the island of Saint Croix.
The facility, which is part of the U of M, will be dedicated to treating Ebola cases.
“We are proud to offer our nation’s most dedicated and experienced military healthcare providers and medical staff the most advanced and effective treatment options for this challenging, rapidly evolving, global healthcare emergency,” Dr. William A. Pate, the institute’s director, said in a statement.
“While we know that our current population is small, this new facility will allow our dedicated military staff to receive the medical care they need to remain in active duty.”
Pate added that the facility will be fully staffed with doctors and nurses from across the nation.
“We are also working with our community to build partnerships that support this new mission,” he said.
The hospital will be the first of its kind in the nation to offer treatment for Ebola patients.
The institute’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jennifer Pascarella, said it is expected that all of its Ebola patients will be transferred to the facility.
“It is our hope that our veterans and their families will benefit from the new capabilities and resources we are providing,” Pascata said in the statement.
“As soon as we have completed our preliminary investigation, we will notify the appropriate authorities.”
Ebola is a viral infection caused by the virus that has infected more than 8,000 people and killed more than 2,000 since the beginning of March.
It has caused severe respiratory symptoms, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
The virus has been linked to an increased risk of coronavirus transmission and death.